Paletteful Packs Art Box Review + Coupon -November 2019


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Paletteful Packs is a carefully-themed selection of art supplies for artists of every skill level and all ages. Every box will include a variety of media. Products include paint, pens, pencils, brushes, markers, and more! There are 3 different pack options including:

  • Petite Pack: 4+ artist quality supplies per box for $24.95/month
  • Premier Pack: 5+ artist quality supplies per box for $35.95/month
  • Young Artist: for ages 8 and up, 4+ items per box for $30.95/month

This review is for the $35.95/month Premier Pack.

Paletteful Packs November 2019 box inside

This box was sent to us at no cost to review. (Check out the review processes post to learn more about how we review boxes)

Paletteful Packs November 2019 all items laid out

About Paletteful Packs

The Subscription Box: Paletteful Packs

The Cost: $35.95 per month + free shipping (save with longer commitments)

The Products: Carefully-selected art supplies are provided to create a unique project

Ships to: The US for free, Canada for $10, and International for $15

Paletteful Packs November 2019 Review

This month features the M. Graham Oils – Grey Challenge! November’s Paletteful Packs Premier includes enough supplies to create an 8×10 stretched canvas, an 8×10 canvas panel, and a 5×7 canvas panel!

Paletteful Packs November 2019 prompt card

Paletteful Packs November 2019 challenges

Each month we are given a postcard with the content list, retail values, helpful hints, and a link to the Paletteful Packs YouTube channel. On the opposite side, we are given the Prompt and Challenge! If you choose to participate, you can make a drawing/painting based on your interpretation of the prompt, and post it to social media. If you are chosen, you could be featured on their Instagram! This month’s prompts include winter, branches, cat, and blanket.

  • Paletteful Packs November 2019 front of paints

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  • Paletteful Packs November 2019 back of paints

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    Paletteful Packs November 2019 colors

    M. Graham Artists’ Oil Color Ivory Black – Listed Value $10.99, Retail Value $6.41

    M. Graham Artists’ Oil Color Payne’s Grey – Listed Value $10.99, Retail Value $8.42

    M. Graham Artists’ Oil Color Titanium White – Listed Value $10.99, Retail Value $8.13

    The first items in this box are these three 1.25 fl. oz. tubes of M. Graham Artists’ oil paints. These paints are used with pure walnut oil for brilliant clarity, texture, and resistance to fading and yellowing. I found this particular brand to be especially creamy and easy to work with. They blend very, very nicely because they dry extremely slowly- as in it takes days to dry. I took an oil painting class in college, so I have worked with oil paints before, but am definitely not a professional. That being said, I found these to be very good quality.

    • Paletteful Packs November 2019 oil front

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    • Paletteful Packs November 2019 oil back

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      M. Graham Walnut Oil 2 fl. oz. – Listed Value $7.42 (Buy a 4 fl. oz. container for $6.39)

      The next item we received was this 2 oz. container of walnut oil. Oil painting is extremely messy, and you need a good product to be able to get the paint off of your brushes. In college we used mineral oil, but this is a natural vegetable oil that doesn’t evaporate or remove essential oils from brushes. You can also use this oil to add to your paint to enhance flow and increase sheen. I found it to work very well, and was a great item to receive with the oil paints.

      • Paletteful Packs November 2019 entire brush

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      • Paletteful Packs November 2019 side of brush

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      • Paletteful Packs November 2019 tip of brush

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        Robert Simmons White Sable Brush – Listed Value $10.25, Retail Value $11.65

        No oil painting kit would be complete without a beautiful white sable brush! This size 6 brush has a long handle, and flexible, springy bristles that hold more color and are easier to clean than other brushes. They do recommend once you use this brush for oil painting, to designate this as an “oil brush.” I found it very easy to clean with the walnut oil, and it was comfortable to hold onto while painting.

        • Paletteful Packs November 2019 front of knife bag

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        • Paletteful Packs November 2019 back of knife bag

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        • Paletteful Packs November 2019 entire knife

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        • Paletteful Packs November 2019 handle of knife

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          Art Alternatives Palette Knife – Listed Value $4.95, Retail Value $4.99

          This knife can be used to mix and apply oil paint and manipulate the texture with ease. It can also be used to clean unused paint after you are finished painting. I have never used a palette knife before until now, and I found it to be awkward at first, and then kind of fun! It was definitely easier to clean than the brush as well, which was a welcome bonus!

          • Paletteful Packs November 2019 8X10 canvas

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          • Paletteful Packs November 2019 8x10 panel

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          • Paletteful Packs November 2019 5X7 panel

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            Art Alternatives Canvas Surfaces – Listed Value $14.49

            We also received 3 different painting surfaces. We received an 8×10 stretched canvas, an 8×10 canvas panel, and a 5×7 canvas panel. These canvases are primed with acid-free acrylic titanium gesso and ready to be painted on!

            Project #1 Tree Reflection

            Paletteful Packs November 2019 set up

            In the past, I have found oil painting to be very messy, so I put a paper towel underneath my canvas to protect my table.

            Paletteful Packs November 2019 first strokes with knife

            Here I started applying black paint to the canvas using the 3″ palette knife. It felt a little awkward at first, but after a few minutes I almost felt like Bob Ross…..

            Paletteful Packs November 2019 starting out

            I found a picture online I wanted to try and recreate, so I just played around using the palette knife trying to get the effect of my inspiration painting.

            Paletteful Packs November 2019 working with knife

            It’s starting to look a little scary….

            Paletteful Packs November 2019 creating background

            Onto the trees… I’ve never used a palette knife to create a tree before. It was really fun! I found it a little bit hard because of all the texture my painting had, but I figured it out.

            Paletteful Packs November 2019 working on trees

            Here is the finished product. It looks nothing like my inspiration painting, but I had a fun time trying a new technique, and my mom liked it (which is all that matters right?)

            Project #2 Trees on a Mountain

            Paletteful Packs November 2019 mid painting

            For my next project I decided to use the 8×10 stretched canvas. I wanted to make my paintings similar to hang them as a set, so I decided to try creating some more trees. I painted the background white with the sable brush, and added a small amount of grey to create a darker color toward the bottom. I then got out my palette knife for some more tree practice.

            Paletteful Packs November 2019 painting 1

            I painted a few more trees, and added some shading for the mountain tops. I kept it pretty textured because I felt it added to the excitement and dimension of the piece. While it’s far from professional, I felt it turned out okay, and looks nice with my previous painting.

            Project #3 Moon Painting

            Paletteful Packs November 2019 starting moon

            With the smallest canvas, I wanted to do something simple that kept in the theme of my previous 2 paintings, so I opted for a moon painting.

            Paletteful Packs November 2019 using knife

            I used the palette knife to add paint to the canvas. I found it hard to use to paint the moon, so I use the brush for that.

            After I added enough paint, the palette knife just wasn’t giving me the look I was going for, so I switched back to the brush and created a moon. It seems really simple and maybe even slightly boring when pictured by itself, but when placed next to my other paintings, it looked like it belonged.

            Paletteful Packs November 2019 finished tree reflection Paletteful Packs November 2019 finished moon Paletteful Packs November 2019 finished trees

            Voila- the finished pieces! I struggle with using oil paints because I don’t really know what I am doing, but when I only received 3 colors, it made it seem a little easier for me. I loved trying out the palette knife, and while my paintings look nothing like my inspiration pieces, I am happy I learned a new technique I otherwise would never have tried!

            The Verdict: I honestly must say, I love Paletteful Packs. Each and every month I receive art supplies that really take me out of my comfort zone and get me to try new products and techniques I otherwise wouldn’t get to try. Like I said above, I am not the biggest fan of oil paints, but it seemed a lot less intimidating in the comfort of my own home with only 3 colors to work with compared to college! I loved the fact that they sent the palette knife and the brush, so I could use both to create completely different looks. Plus, I have enough paint to add a few more pieces to my “tree/moon” collaboration! I can’t wait to see what comes next month!

            This subscription costs $35.95 a month. The content card shows a listed value of $70.08 in this box. While I couldn’t find retail prices for all of the items I received, the total for the items I did find was $10 over the subscription cost, and that didn’t include any of the canvas surfaces. The curation of this box, and the high-quality items they send, is definitely worth it! If you like to experiment with new art supplies and create your own pieces, I highly suggest this box.

            To Wrap Up:

            Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, you’ll receive the December box. The 26th of every month is the cutoff date to order the box for the coming month. If your order is placed after the 26thth, you’ll receive the following month’s box.

            Value Breakdown: At $35.95 for the box including 9 unique items, you’re paying approximately $3.99 per item.

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            Written by Becca Peterson

            Becca Peterson

            While I am taking a time-out from being a Clinical Laboratory Scientist, I am currently staying at home with my 2 sweet boys! My first subscription was Julep thanks to happening upon the MSA website, and it all went downhill from there! I have subscribed to Ipsy, Boxycharm, Degustabox, Julep, Graze, Bluum, Walmart, and more because I love a good surprise! I truly am a subscription addict!

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            10 Comments

            1. This was exceptional curation! It’s too bad it isn’t still available. I would definitely subscribe. Previous boxes have seemed hit and miss. Hope they keep this up.

              • I hope so too Lizc! These past few months have really been good! I can’t wait to see what they come up for next month!

            2. This is so fun!! I painted something similar to your moon, but in completely different colors. It was buttercream yellow with a lighter iridescent halo. I used the same kind of swirling strokes as you did. The foreground was blue with black and white birch trees with bare branches and snow flakes. My boyfriend really liked it and hung it in our living room above the TV.

              I like all three of your painting, but I think the one where you used the palette knife for the 6 trees is my favorite. The trees really contrast with the background and make them stand out. Nice job!

              • That is awesome SquirrelyGirl! Thank you so much for your compliments! You are too kind! Happy Saturday!

            3. I have noticed that you always say how you aren’t a professional and your art isn’t that great, but you need to stop putting yourself down! You have a real talent and you should be proud of your work 🙂

              • Aweeee MrsLittle thank you so much! You are so sweet!!

            4. Love your paintings!

              • Thank you so much Amy!!!!

            5. One of the best art boxes I’ve seen so far! I would love this one. It’s more than I usually spend on art supplies, but since it’s actually quality brushes and paints (which are expensive) it would be worth it.

              • Thanks for commenting Jennifer! I really love this box! It really has stocked me up with some high-quality art supplies, and has taught me new techniques!

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